What is hay fever?
Hay Fever is an allergic reaction to pollen. Pollen allergies are very common and are often referred to as seasonal allergies because symptoms usually start in the spring and summer seasons. Seasonal allergies are very common and although uncomfortable, the symptoms can usually be minimised by utilising some tips and strategic use of products. General symptoms include:
- A runny nose
- Congested nasal passage
- Watery eyes
- Itchy nose/throat/eyes
- Allergic rhinitis (irritation in the nose due to allergens, such as pollens)
How long does hay fever last?
Your hay fever symptoms will last as long as you are exposed to the allergen. February to June is when tree pollen allergies will usually start. Weed pollen is from June to September and grass pollen is from May to July.
Products to fight hay fever
Below are our top product suggestions to help you minimise the uncomfortable symptoms of hay fever.
Switch from Monthlies to Dailies
If you are a contact lens wearer, symptoms can worsen as pollen can get trapped under the lens. Switching to daily disposable contact lenses during the hay fever season can help to minimise symptoms of itchy eyes.
“Using daily lenses will allow you to remove the daily build-up of pollen accumulated on your lenses, as each pair of lenses are thrown away at the end of the day. Wearing a fresh pair of lenses, will help reduce that itchy, gritty feeling.” – Tina Patel, Contact Lens Optician at Feel Good Contacts.
We recommend comfi Daily Disposables, which offer excellent value for money without compromising on comfort and quality.
Wear wrap-style sunglasses
As spring progresses into summer, the sun will begin to show itself more and more. Sunglasses are essential as they protect your eyes from UV rays.
“Wrap-style frames are especially good for allergies because they cover the eyes as well as the surrounding areas. They act as a barrier between floating allergens in the air and your eyes.” – Khuram Sarwar, Dispensing Optician at Feel Good Contacts
Feel Good Contacts stock an incredible range of designer sunglasses. From ultra-modern shades to more classic silhouettes, there’s a style to suit everyone. Luxury is made affordable with such low prices.
It’s difficult to choose from all of our amazing designs, but we’d highly recommend O'Neill ONS Barrel 122P Matte Tortoise. These stylish tortoise print shades with their green lenses protect your eyes from damaging UV rays as well as pollen.
Use Optase Allergy Drops
Perfect for providing relief for dry, itchy and irritated eyes, Optase Allergy Drops come as individual doses which are convenient for keeping in your bag. You can use them as often as needed throughout the day and even while wearing your contact lenses. If you prefer, Hycosan Dual eye drops are also a good choice for treating dry eyes and reduces inflammation and allergic symptoms such as itching and burning. These drops are also suitable to use whilst wearing contact lenses.
Other ways to fight hay fever
Other hay fever remedies to relieve symptoms of hay fever include nasal sprays to help relieve blocked nose and allergy medications like antihistamine tablets, which can significantly improve symptoms. You can purchase these tablets over the counter at pharmacies. Pocket tissues are also good to have when travelling. You could also stay indoors where possible, to reduce your exposure to allergens.
It feels like spring has taken so long to arrive; make sure you’re prepared so you can enjoy it to the fullest with zero hassle. For more help with managing hay fever symptoms, read our article on how to stop itchy eyes for good.